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Are you getting ready for your IELTS exam?
One big challenge on the IELTS is timing on the Writing test.
Today we’ll help you with a great time-management strategy.
You have a total of 60 minutes to do the whole Writing test. Task 2 is 250 words and Task 1 is 150 words so you need to spend more time on Writing Task 2.
We recommend 20 minutes for Task 1 and 40 minutes for Task 2.
However, don’t start with Writing Task 2. Do Task 1 first.
You also need to allow time for planning.
It really depends on you and how you prefer to write but we recommend that you practice and see what’s right for you in terms of planning time.
As a general guideline, you could spend 4 minutes planning and then spend a few minutes after to check your work.
When you practice brainstorming and coming up with ideas in the planning step, don’t forget to write down everything you think of.
In Task 2, spend 5 minutes planning, 30 minutes writing, 5 minutes to check.
You need to practice the timing for all of these steps and adjust it based on what you need.
Practice is the key with time management.
The biggest mistakes that people make with time management on IELTS Writing is when they skip both planning and checking at the end.
When you check, look for spelling, grammar, vocabulary, etc.
Listen to this episode to learn more about how to check your own IELTS Writing test.
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Did you know that being imaginative and creative can get you a 7 on the IELTS exam?
This is especially true when it comes to the IELTS Speaking test. Your ideas don’t need to be 100% realistic. What’ more important is the way you deliver your ideas. You can make stuff up and have fun with it!
Today we’ll show you how!
What should you do when you get a Speaking question about the future and you don’t know how to answer the question?
You need to open your mind and be willing to make up your own ideas quickly.
In Part 3 of the Speaking test, they often ask you to guess or predict the future. For example, they might ask, “How might the way people travel change in the future?” With this question you need to make up a creative answer.
A good response is this: “I predict that by 2025 we will all be riding in flying cars.”
This is also useful because when you make up a funny idea, it makes you laugh, which makes you relax and makes you speak more like a real person.
This will also help your vocabulary because you will end up using less common vocabulary when you make up ideas about the future.
If you aren’t used to coming up with your own ideas or if you haven’t learned this in school you can train your mind to be creative.
You already have the ability but you just need to practice it.
Creativity is a muscle.
Flex your imagination!
Look at the news and look at the topics in the newspaper. Come up with a prediction for each article headline that you read. Predict what will happen with that specific topic in the future.
Try to entertain the Examiner.
The Examiner is going to give you your score right after Part 3 of the Speaking so it’s good to leave them on a funny and positive note because this could influence your overall Speaking score.
If you are already a naturally funny person then you should amplify that in the Speaking test.
Don’t be afraid of your own ideas and your own personality.
If you are enjoying yourself during the test then your Examiner is probably having fun too.
Do you have other questions about the Speaking test?
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Are you nervous about the IELTS Speaking test?
Most people get super nervous about this part of the test!
Part of why you are nervous is because you don’t know what kind of questions to expect from the Examiner.
Today we’re going to show you what questions the Examiner is likely to ask on the Speaking test.
We’re also going to show you how to prepare for these questions.
On Part 1 of the Speaking test you will always have to talk about:
Sample questions for Speaking Part 1:
** Remember! You can’t give one-word answers. You must expand on your ideas. Give complete sentences or you will get marked down.
When the Examiner asks, “What are you studying?” don’t say “English” instead you can say “At the moment I am studying English at the university downtown.
You can practice Part 1 with a language exchange partner.
Speaking Part 2 and Speaking Part 3:
Questions in Part 2 and Part 3 will always be linked to each other.
Part 2: Describe your favorite movie (who, what, when, where, why). You can practice this part by yourself to get comfortable speaking for two minutes.
Part 3: What makes a movie successful? Do you think the director or the actors are more important?
For part 3, you should have 3 things in your answer:
When you prepare for the test, you should write out your answers ahead of time. Later, when you get comfortable with that you can stop writing them out and get better at responding quickly.
Remember, planning ahead and preparing is the key to getting more confidence.
Final tip- check out the NY Times and look at the newspaper sections- those are typical IELTS Speaking topics.
What other questions do you have for the Speaking test?
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Today find out how to get a 7 on all 4 sections of the IELTS!
In the Speaking Section:
The examiner looks for four things:
The Writing Section:
The Reading and Listening Sections:
Now you know exactly what you need to do to get a 7 on all 4 sections of the IELTS.
Now go get started on your preparation and you will be ready to get that 7!
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Today you’ll get 3 sentence structures to improve your grammar grade on IELTS Writing Task 1.
On IELTS Task 1 you are shown a graph, table, pie chart, or bar chart. They have numbers and you have to compare and contrast how they change.
You will see a graph that shows “Change Over Time”
The examiner wants you to use different sentence structures for this category.
Here they are:
1) Subject + verb + adverb : “The numbers increased dramatically in 2008.”
2) There was + adjective + noun: “There was a dramatic increase in 2008.”
3) Before +verb-ing: “Before increasing in 2008, the number of surfers experienced a decline.”
Where can you find graphs to use to practice these sentences?
Where else have you found resources like pie charts or graphs to practice these sentence structures for Writing Task 1?
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Are you nervous about your IELTS Speaking test?
Did you know that there are some easy things that you can do to increase your chances of a higher score on the Speaking test?
The IELTS exam is not completely objective because another person is giving you the score.
Yes, they are trained and there are very specific requirements for each score but they are still human and you can influence the examiner in a positive way to increase your score.
How to build a rapport with the examiner or get their attention:
Approach the Speaking section like a formal interview but also show a positive attitude.
It’s supposed to be formal but relaxed.
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Are you nervous about talking for two minutes in speaking section 2 of the IELTS?
Today, get some note taking strategies you can use to ace the IELTS speaking section!
In the IELTS speaking part 1, the examiner asks you about three topics. But in part 2 you are given a single topic card. No matter what this topic is, you cannot change it. You have one minute to prepare to speak for two full minutes. How you spend that minute is important.
Because you will have such a specific topic, and such a short amount of time, it’s probably best to write everything you can think of about the topic. You could do this in a bullet list, or as a mind map. But you need to have enough to say for those two minutes.
If you do not have practice brainstorming like this, you may want to practice. Use a topic from a newspaper as an example. Give yourself a minute (or more) to make a list of notes on the topic. Then, see if you can use them to speak for two minutes.
Do you have much experience brainstorming?
How do you think it would go for the IELTS speaking section part 2?
Let us know in the comments section below!
What’s the difference between the IELTS and the TOEFL?
Today, learn what makes these two tests distinct, and how to choose between the them!
The IELTS and the TOEFL have some significant differences. But that doesn’t mean one is easier than the other. Many universities will accept either test, so you might be able to choose which one works best for you. That means it’s a good idea to know how each is unique.
Here is are some points of difference between the two tests:
Which exam sounds easier to you?
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How can you increase your IELTS vocabulary range?
Today, learn 3 steps for building a more dynamic vocabulary for the IELTS exam!
You need to have words that are useful for academia and formal situations, but also with your friends on the street. This is key to having a more natural sounding English. But how do you build this range of vocabulary?
Jessica has three steps for building it. They include:
Getting the vocabulary: Newspapers are a great resource for this. A newspaper like the USA Today is more understandable, while the New York Times is written at a higher level. A magazine like the Economist is even higher.
Recording it: For every article you read, choose maybe five new words to learn. Keep them in context. Maybe write a summary of the article that uses these new words.
Remembering it: Develop a system for studying these new vocabulary words. Try to review the words at least two or three times a week. Also, try to use these new words in conversation.
What are you doing to build a range of vocabulary?
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Today you’ll find out why some students lose focus and energy easily and quickly on the IELTS and why others are able to stay awake and energized throughout the entire exam.
How to Keep Your Energy High for IELTS Day:
Do you have great strategies to maintain your energy on IELTS test day?
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Today you’ll find out which accents will be on the listening section of the IELTS and where you can practice those accents for free.
Are you confused about which English accents will be on the IELTS?
There are a variety of accents on IELTS. If you buy books from a British publisher then you will hear mostly British accents.
However, on the test you will hear a variety of accents from around the world. Still, you need to get used to British English and other accents.
You can find British accents on Luke’s English Podcast.
Here are a few other resources with a mix of accents but also a lot of videos from England:
** You can also view transcripts and take quizzes on these sites.
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Have you found any other great resources to prepare with a variety of accents?
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Today you’ll learn what grammar risks you should take on IELTS to get a 7 and when to play it safe with your grammar choices.
Do you know how complex your grammar needs to be to get a score of 7?
For a 7 you need a mix of sentence structures. To get a 7 you need simple (subject + verb “I go to the store”) and compound sentences (two simple sentences put together using conjunctions “I go to the store and I like to shop”) and complex sentences (adding a dependent clause such as “I go to the store which is near my house because I love to buy the food that they have”).
However, you also need to be sure that you don’t have a lot of mistakes. It’s ok to make some mistakes. You can make mistakes up to a band score of 8.
You should play it safe on the IELTS and use the grammar structures that you are comfortable with.
Don’t try using rare grammar tenses like the past perfect.
Don’t experiment with new tenses on the IELTS exam.
To sum up, to get a 7 you need 80% of your sentences to have no mistakes. You should get comfortable with relative clauses because it’s a great way to mix in the more advanced grammar that you need and they are easy.
How can you add these more complex grammar points?
Try to make it relevant to you when you practice.
What tenses have you used on the IELTS exam?
Tell us in the comments!
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Can’t find anyone to correct your IELTS writing practice?
A lot of people have this problem but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do some great preparation for the test by yourself!
Today you’ll find out exactly how to create a checklist for your writing to grade it yourself.
When you create your checklist you should organize it based on the descriptors. Descriptors are what the examiner looks at in order to give you a grade.
What to look for when you correct your own writing practice tests:
It’s better to have a real person correct your IELTS writing but if you can’t do that, try using this checklist above.
Set up a very specific study schedule. Work on it every single day. Leave yourself plenty of time ahead of the test to prepare and you can do it!
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How did it go?
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Today you'lll find out how to stay cool and confident on the speaking section of the IELTS!
Here are 3 tips from Cathey:
Step 1: Practice and prepare
Step 2: Get out of your head
Step 3: Recognize your current emotions, try to put them out of your head and focus on what you are trying to accomplish.
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Do you want that extra edge or advantage to push your score to a 7 on the IELTS exam?
You need some English phrasal verbs to stand apart from the crowd!
Today, Lindsay and Jessica share 5 English phrasal verbs you can use to stand out and get the score you need!
You will probably be asked to talk about the topics of home, shopping, food and studying in Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Section. You need to prepare for this. One way you can do that is have some phrasal verbs.
Phrasal verbs are a way to sound more natural and native when speaking informally. Though there are many of these to choose from, you only need to use of a few to stand out.
Here are five that are easy to use and will impress your examiner:
Bone up on: This means to learn. It’s not only a phrasal verb, but also an idiom. “I had to bone up on my English studies.”
Figure out: This means to learn the details of something, or discover how it works. “I figured out how to fix the television.”
Goof off: When you are having fun, but not working or studying, you can say “I spent the afternoon goofing off.”
Clam up: This is another phrasal verb and idiom. It means that you’re so nervous you couldn’t think of what to say. “I clammed up when she asked me to answer the question.”
Catch up: If you’re behind, and you’re trying to shorten the distance, you might need to catch up. This can be used physically, like you’re chasing someone, or with your studies. “I fell behind in my homework and have to catch up.”
Do you have any other phrasal verbs you’d like to use in the IELTS exam?
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What’s so difficult about the IELTS Speaking Part 1?
What can you do to prepare?
Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss some tactics for avoiding the dangers and allowing yourself to stand out!
Speaking Part 1 of the IELTS includes questions about yourself. You will be asked about three topics, and though it may seem like simple stuff, the danger is that you might become too relaxed and start using one-word answers.
You want to do better than that. In fact, ideally your answers will be 2-4 sentences each!
How can you do come up with that? Do some brainstorming. Think of the question words. Question words can help you think of better answers.
Vocabulary is also important in Speaking Part 1. If you want to achieve a higher score, you will need to use a range of vocabulary, including slang and idioms. The examiner wants to hear that you know more than what’s in your textbook. A good strategy is to have a short list of slang and idioms ready to use.
What are some good English slang words or idioms that might be helpful to have for Speaking Part 1 of the IELTS test?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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How can you prepare for the Reading Section of the IELTS?
Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss two strategies to help you answer questions quickly and correctly!
Timing and strategy are important for success on any test. For a reading test, you need to be able to figure out answers quickly without having to re-read. Jessica has two suggestions to help you with this.
Do you use the strategy of skimming and scanning?
Let us know how it works for you!
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How do you build a “Brain Box” for the IELTS Listening Exam?
Today Lindsay and Jessica talk about two strategies to make the listening part of the IELTS exam easier!
If you have a strategy or a system to approach the IELTS Listening Exam, you’ll probably do better. Your first step should be to listen to the introduction. It will tell you who will be talking, and what they’re talking about.
Many people who take this exam skip the introduction because they think they don’t need it. This is a mistake, because the context will help you understand. The “brain box” concept is that your brain puts topics in “boxes,” and accessing a specific box will put a conversation into context, and make it easier to comprehend.
After you’ve listened to the introduction, you will then have about ten seconds to read the questions before you hear them. Use this time to circle the key words before they’re read aloud. Making note of these key words will prepare you to answer the question quickly. Speed is important, because you don’t want one question mix you up on the next one, and then the next one.
How do you plan to prepare for the listening portion of the IELTS exam?
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What should you bring to your IELTS exam?
When should you go, and what should you watch out for?
Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss how you can be prepared to succeed on your IELTS test day!
On your IELTS exam day you should try to arrive 45 minutes early. It’s critically important that you get there on time. If you are late, you will miss the first section and can’t make it up. Missing an entire section will make it impossible to get a good overall score.
You should plan to bring your passport for identification. It is also okay to bring a bottle of water, but you must remove the label. Your belongings will be stored in a separate room while you take the test.
Usually all four sections of the exam occur in a single day. In the morning you will have the reading, writing and listening sections. In the afternoon, you will have the speaking section.
It’s important to understand that the morning will probably be more stressful because it will be so busy. On the other hand, you will likely have time to wait in the afternoon. Some speaking sections are scheduled as late as 6PM! For this reason, it is a good idea to know if there’s anyway near the test station where you could pass the time – a park, for example.
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Are you preparing to take the IELTS exam?
Today, Lindsay and Jessica discuss what you need to know to pass with the score you want!
There are lots of questions about the IELTS exam. It’s not an easy test to take, but it is the most widely accepted test for getting into universities and even for immigration and work visas.
One reason for this is that the test is face-to-face with another person, which makes it more real. Though this might sound intimidating, many testers actually find it more relaxing when the examiner is another person, rather than a computer.
When students take the test and don’t get the score they wanted, it’s usually because they didn’t have enough real-life speaking practice – they only worked out of textbooks. You need to practice speaking with an actual person. You also need to be honest with yourself about where you are with your English abilities so that you have an obtainable goal.
How are you preparing to take the IELTS exam?
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